It’s hard to find a good maternity coat – especially reasonably priced ones – that are warm – and stylish. hmmm. So I decided to make my own. So after much discussion, many late nights, cries of frustration and hours of hard work, here it is hot off the sewing machine, my wonderful new winter coat! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!
Oh my gosh I’m majorly crushing on this coat!!!
I used McCalls 5766 as the basis for this coat and then made a few of my own changes. I decided not to go with buttons (even though I had gorgeous ones all ready), because I felt they were detracting from the overall look. Instead I used giant snaps on the inside. I like this because they’re easy to remove, so when I get a tad chubbier I can just sew them on in a slightly different position, and my coat will still fit nicely.
Instead of using the coating fabric for the collar I used the fleece that I’d lined it with, kind of for 2 reasons. One, because I think it gives it a really nice contrast…
…and two, because I wanted to be able to fold the collar up when it get’s really cold and windy, and in those situations there’s nothing lovelier than fleece! And to that end, I added a removable cravat / scarf / tie up thingo, to help keep the collar closed. I like that it’s not only functional, but it’s cute and gives the coat a different overall look. This picture doesn’t show it very well, but it gives the appearance of a peter pan collar with a neck tie. LOVE!
I think the scarf even looks good just hanging there…
I’m just so glad that I put in all the extra details, like the fleece lining, fleece in the pockets and the thinsulate interlining. This coat is just crazy warm. It was so warm that the only part of me that felt cold was my face. It fooled me into thinking that it was a warm day… so I’m feeling really confident that it’s going to keep me toasty when it’s super frigid here. I can’t believe I managed to get the warmth of a puffer jacket into a tailored coat, yay! I’m also pretty jazzed about the length, I love to wear skirts and dresses in winter, and it makes all the difference to have a long coat!
Plus I just love the way it conforms to my tummy… and yet because of the pleats somehow most of the time it doesn’t really look like I’m pregnant at all (hehe this will change pretty soon when I become whale size!!).
So come on, tell me, what do you guys think?? Is this coat tres chic or what?